Le mani sulla città [Hands Over the City] (Dual format)

Director: francesco Rosi

1963 Italy



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  • Country: Italy
  • Language: Italian
  • Year: 1963
  • Runtime: 100
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Colour: Black & White
  • Certificate: PG
  • Subtitles: English (optional)
  • Genre: Drama
  • SKU: EKA70127
  • 2 Discs
  • Release Date: Mar 30, 2014


Winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, Francesco Rosi’s Le mani sulla città [Hands Over the City] is one of the finest political dramas ever made – a ferocious, invigorating exploration of civic corruption in post-war Naples with the intensity of the best Hollywood thrillers.

Beginning with the collapse of an apartment building in a working-class district, the film zeroes in on the subsequent investigation of responsibility surrounding the disaster. At the centre is Edoardo Nottola (Rod Steiger), a wealthy land developer and council member of the government’s ruling party, who is determined to keep his personal and professional interests in the building of new government housing as intertwined as possible.

With sterling performances and visual prowess, Rosi meticulously unpicks the tangled threads of interconnected favours and unscrupulous culture of self-reward within the halls of governmental power. This brilliant exposé (a major influence on countless filmmakers, including Coppola’s Godfather films) remains as blazingly topical as the day of its premiere. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present this film for the first time on home viewing in the UK in a new Dual-Format (Blu-ray & DVD) edition.


  • Beautiful high-definition 1080p presentation on the Blu-ray, and progressive encode on the DVD
  • Video interview with Francesco Rosi, screenwriter Raffaele La Capria, and film critic Michel Ciment
  • 24-PAGE BOOKLET containing a new and exclusive essay about the film by scholar and critic Pasquale Iannone, and rare archival imagery